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Mice Net : December 2009
mice.net 61 Thanks to a new deal engineered by professional speaker management company O2 Speakers, it's now far easier for Australian event planners to source and book world-class names for their events. Those now represented by O2 Speakers include such names as human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, powerhouse actor Michael Douglas, current affairs hosts Jon Stewart and Larry King, singers Mary J Blige and Beyonce and former Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev (Soviet Union) and Mary Robinson (Ireland). "The world has become a smaller place and as a result the speaking landscape has truly changed," says O2 Speakers MD Julie Winterbottom. "We used to be too far away for many VIPs to want to travel, but with Australia's increased international profile in the events industry, many big names are actually seeking representation in this region. From a client's perspective, dealing with an Australian based office is also far better than getting up in the middle of the night to deal with US based agents." Having been a member of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB) for the last 17 years, Leanne Christie had been waiting for the right time to bring this deal together. "It's now the perfect time as many luminaries are keen to come and Australian businesses are reaching out for global insight. The speakers we now represent have been involved in some of the most important events of our time, so their experience and knowledge are absolutely unique. Not to mention a once in a lifetime experience for delegates." For more information on international speakers available for your events you can contact O2 Speakers on 02 9818 5199 or visit www. o2speakers.com The most admired and revered speakers in the world -- from global leaders to Hollywood's most glamorous and powerful stars, to the best and brightest in business, media and academia -- now have direct and exclusive speaker representation within Australia. Speak to me ABOVE: Leanne Christie and Julie Winterbottom of O2 Speakers now have access to some of the most admired and revered speakers in the world.